Exercise Tradewinds: Mechanics get training on powerful engines

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 7th June, 2018 (MyVueNews.com)  Engineers participating in the St. Kitts-Nevis leg of Exercise Tradewinds 2018, are learning details on repairs and servicing of Mercury outboard engines.

With many Caribbean military and security services using this type of engine on small vessels, a special course was organised to teach engineers and mechanics how to service and repair these motors.

Participants were engaged in theory and practicals in the electrical systems, the mechanics of the engine and the use of computer diagnostics. In addition, participants accessed various online tools that are helpful in the servicing of the engine.

Lieutenant Commander Jason Plumley of the United States Coast Guard said the aim of the course is to get the engineers officially recognized by the manufacturers of the engine.

“We’ve found that there are a lot of difficulties in the region with understanding these really big, high horsepower engines, and so we have invited a representative from Mercury Headquarters in Florida to certify our partners in different maintenance items so that when it comes down to it they can do maintenance on these things and not be afraid of … voiding the warranty and invalidating the work they have done on it,” he explained.

Plummy pointed out that the cost of shipping damaged engines back to the United States for repairs is costly and time consuming, and could be potentially disastrous for residents and visitors in the Caribbean.

He said, “You never know when you are going to get a call that something is happening on the water that you are going to need to respond to and so having those boats up because the engines are well maintained is important.”

Photo: Session in servicing Mercury outboard motors. 

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